These 5 Life Balance Tips for Optimal Feminine Health is a post I created in partnership with Summer’s Eve. This post is sponsored by Summer’s Eve®, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Do you ever feel like your body is off balance and out of whack? I do from time to time, and it’s often due to any number of factors from the weather to my diet. The busy holiday season can add even more stress, making this the perfect time to give myself some well-care. This holiday season I’m not only celebrating, but I’m also taking time to evaluate my health.
When my body is under stress it lets me know in the form of headaches, muscle aches, and even cramping. To ward off the days this holiday season where I’m not physically feeling my best, I’m practicing a few healing, restorative habits to help me maintain physical and mental balance.
5 Life Balance Tips For Optimal Feminine Health
I don’t do these things 100% every single day, but with intentionality all of these have become a regular part of my life. Over the years I learned to listen to my body. By observing how my body responds to foods and certain activities I’ve become more aware of how to achieve optimal feminine health. I’m going to share a few things with you that work for me. Keep in mind I am not a licensed professional, just someone who enjoys feeling her best and helping others do the same.
1- Stretch Daily
Stretching is one of the most relaxing activities to can reward yourself with each day. It lengthens your ligaments and releases calming endorphins. Stretching can range from light movements like touching your toes or reaching for the sky to intense stretching like Pilates that engages your muscles, activates your sweat glands and stretches your ligaments.
2- Exercise (Even though you don’t want to!)
Your body needs this so badly and you’ll realize it the older you get. Our bodies aren’t going to last forever but there are things we can do to extend the usability of our muscles. Exercise has too may benefits for us not to do it. We can’t hide our heads in the sand anymore and claim we don’t know why we should be exercising. The internet has to many articles, videos and testimonials for us to claim naivety. Don’t get me wrong, I dislike the struggle that comes with motivating myself to exercise, but because I’ve been doing it for so long, I can clearly tell the difference in my entire body when I don’t exercise. Affects such as headaches, joint pain, pulled muscles and even longer periods are a result of not exercising.
3- Your body needs water! Lot’s of it.
If you suffer from headaches, are prone to overeating or have skin issues, drink more water. One way to tell if you’re drinking enough is by simply looking at your urine. If it’s any darker than homemade lemonade (not that store bought stuff with yellow dye) than you’re not drinking enough water.
Make a commitment to drink more water than any other beverage. To make this achievable keep water pitchers in plain sight and stop buying beverages that will tempt you. I prefer filtered and high alkaline water for a variety of reasons which I won’t go into now, but more water will improve your health and mode as well as clean your body from the inside out.
4- Do a Daily Vaginal Checkup!
Since I’m on the topic of water let’s talk about vaginal health. I don’t talk about it enough here but water is your vaginas friend. Your vagina should be relatively supple. Every time you urinate that almost clear urine you are disposing of bodily waste. So the clearer the better. If you experience burning or itching it could be from your soap (however be sure to consult your gynecologist or health care provider). I don’t use soap on my lady parts at all and haven’t in decades.
To keep the vagina clean on the outside I recommend water. If you don’t have a detachable shower wand I highly recommend one. Washing your feminine parts with flowing warm water is sufficient if you shower daily, drink water and eat well. I’m 42 and I have no issues with odor or discharge.
That being said, I do use Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Wash which are balanced for a woman’s natural pH for my intimate area.
Sweat is a normal part of working out and can be tackled in between showers using Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths. During showers, using Summer’s Eve Cleansing Wash. If you aren’t feeling fresh after a workout but can’t take a shower right away the wipes are good to keep in your gym bag, bathroom or purse.
5- Choose all natural vitamins and supplements.
I’ve been taking vitamins and supplements off and on for years. Reason being — I know I don’t get all of the nutrients I need from my food.
Earlier this year I switched from general drugstore vitamins and supplements to vegetable based ones. The ones I take now are gluten free, non-GMO, vegetarian and preservative free.
I take a daily multi vitamin to cover all the bases of general nutrition. I also supplement my nutrition with targeted vitamins for skin, joints, energy, digestion and immune system health.
I select the brands based on the ingredients label. If I can pronounce the ingredients and identify them as ones grown from the ground I buy it.
Keep in mind — vegetarian vitamins and supplements can give your urine a neon yellowish glow. It’s a normal side-affect of the colorful array of plants in the supplements.
These five habits done together consistently has given me a better quality of life than I had before. When my mind and body is in excellent health I’m able to perform at a higher level. Living life with optimal health allows me to be a better version of me to myself, my family and community.